Defenestration was a SOMA art installation created by Brian Goggin that involved 35 pieces of furniture that hung off the side of the Hugo Hotel for 17 years. Goggin originally thought the artwork would stay up for six months, " it has been a good run for a temporary installation" .In 2014 the pieces were removed and auctioned off, and the building was sold for redevelopment. As described at the time "The concept of “DEFENESTRATION”, a word literally meaning “to throw out of a window,” is embodied by both the site and staging of this installation. Located at the corner of Sixth and Howard Streets in San Francisco in an abandoned four-story tenement building, the site is part of a neighborhood that historically has faced economic challenges and has often endured the stigma of skid row status. Reflecting the harsh experience of many members of the community, the furniture is of the streets, cast-off and unappreciated. The simple, unpretentious beauty and humanity of these downtrodden objects is reawakened through the action of the piece. The act of “throwing out” becomes an uplifting gesture of release, inviting reflection on the spirit of the people we live with, the objects we encounter, and the places in which we live."
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Defenestration by Brian Goggin. Photo: Lance Iversen, The Chronicle.
One of the original chairs that hanged on the exterior of the defunct Hugo Hotel at the corners of San Francisco's 6th street at Howard St, is now hanging at 1:AM Gallery at 1000 Howard Street in San Francisco